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Organising yourself... how?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by topcat, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. topcat

    topcat Junior Member

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    How do you guys organise yourself?

    As an internet marketer there are always so many ideas in your head that it's so hard to know which ones to act on and how to carry them all out at the same time, especially as there's nothing physical, just a screen.

    Do any of you use any program or scheduler!

    Silly question I know but it's something I struggle to do.
     
  2. SYCRO

    SYCRO Junior Member

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    I normally just write everything down that i need to do, plan it all into the day, scheduling in regular breaks etc.
    Sort of like a timetable, or i find before i know it the whole day is gone!
     
  3. mnapper

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    I use the lightning extension for mozilla thunderbird. It's a great reminder/scheduler addon with todo lists in the like. I also use notepad to keep reminder notes on my desktop under the various subjects such as running to do lists and I just cross things off as I go. For real life stuff, there's nothing like the handy notepad and pen on the table beside me. I keep a running todo list there as well.

    I was a secretary/admin for many years, so I'm just a lil anal about list keeping and organization. :lmao:
     
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    Sanitarium Regular Member

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    I write everything on little cut up papers, put them on my table, blow on them and whatever stays on top gets the go-ahead. I call it wind energy.
     
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  5. mnapper

    mnapper Registered Member

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    :lmao: I should try that strategy. I might have more fun that way!
     
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    pablorocker Newbie

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    I Use the KLOK tool from ADOBE. This helps tracking the time u dedicate to each project/idea. Its really simple . Try it out its free.
     
  7. RebelMaster

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    Organize??? What's that? LOL

    I'm usually doing things by "the seat of my pants" these days. Never a dull moment that way. But it works for me! :D

    I like that "wind energy" technique, though. heh heh

    RM
     
  8. davioli

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    Wind energy method...lol...You made my day!
     
  9. bl4ck1ce

    bl4ck1ce Regular Member

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    A few random thoughts on my organization methods:

    • Get an inbox tray, and put forms to fill out, magazine articles to read, hand scribbled notes etc in it. *** Then empty this tray on a regular basis, adding actions to your todo list, filling out the forms or reading the articles, etc... don't let it pile up.
    • At the end of each working day, make a list of 3 most important tasks for the next day
    • Display your todo list (3 main tasks on top) somewhere you'll see it; I use Samurize to embed them on my desktop
    • Use different notebooks (or page sections) for tasks and ideas... easy way to lose a good idea is bury it amongst mundane todo items...
    • Take a lesson from Tim Ferriss' 4HWW book... automate as much as possible! Google calendar & Gmail filters & labels are very handy for this.
    • Get and use a filing cabinet, or at least a filing box. File folders and a digital labeler are your friend. Excellent for retaining receipts, invoices, tax documents, etc.
    • Evernote or similar software is great for collecting thoughts and related information... however, I like to have my 'ideas scrapbook' available wherever I am so I use delicious.com for bookmarking and also set up a private blog on my own server that I can access from anywhere.
    • If you make a mistake doing something... write down what you did wrong, and learn from it. I blew hundreds of dollars buying up expired domain names a few years ago, only to have them all expire again on me because I had no plan for them.. Didn't learn from it, and it happened again.
    • Keep your work area the way you work best in... I tend to have stuff on my desk all the time, but for the most part my files are in my filing cabinet and my current papers, notes to self, magazine articles, books to read, etc are in my inbox.. If you work best with stacks of papers & books 3 feet high on your desk.. then by all means, do that. The important thing is do what works for you.. however if you think you like it messy, but you aren't getting much accomplished... try a neat desk for a few days and see what happens.

    GTD by David Allen, 4HWW by Tim Ferriss and Zen to Done by Leo Babauta are 3 of the best books I've seen to not only organize the stuff you have, but also to eliminate the crap (be it stuff or actions) that take time away from the important stuff. Some great websites for organizing your workspace:

    Code:
    http://www.lifehacker.com
    http://www.unclutterer.com
     
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  10. mnapper

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    Blackice I'm totally impressed! Great ideas and I'm gonna look for some of the software you mention. I too use old fashioned notebooks. One for ideas, thoughts and the "what's needed" of things and the other to actually write out the plan itself.
     
  11. spaceinvader

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    try http://www.toodledo.com/ its simple but it works so well. helps you organise and prioritise tasks, more pressing matters will appear at the top of the list... its great to get all your tasks out your dead an onto a website. toodledo is like an alive to do list. Im getting a whiteboard too, they are pretty handy. :)
     
  12. SomeStupidFrenchDude

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    Just started a thread ( less busy more productive ) on one of the book (four hour work week) blackice spoke about. Perfect to organize your way around. Just download it.

    Someone plz post link of thread.